The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance

The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance

by George Hutchinson
     
 

The Harlem Renaissance (1918-1937) was the most influential single movement in Black literary history. Its key figures include W. E. B. Du Bois, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, and Langston Hughes. This Companion discusses the historical contexts, both national and international, presents original discussions of a wide array of authors and texts, and… See more details below

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The Harlem Renaissance (1918-1937) was the most influential single movement in Black literary history. Its key figures include W. E. B. Du Bois, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, and Langston Hughes. This Companion discusses the historical contexts, both national and international, presents original discussions of a wide array of authors and texts, and treats the reputation of the movement in later years. These essays present the best of current wisdom as well as a set of new readings encouraging further exploration of this dynamic field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521673686
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/14/2007
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,480,199
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents


Notes on contributors     vii
Chronology   Michael A. Chaney     xi
Introduction   George Hutchinson     1
Foundations of the Harlem Renaissance     11
The New Negro as citizen   Jeffrey C. Stewart     13
The Renaissance and the Vogue   Emily Bernard     28
International contexts of the Negro Renaissance   Michael A. Chaney     41
Major Authors and Texts     55
Negro drama and the Harlem Renaissance   David Krasner     57
Jean Toomer and the avant-garde   Mark Whalan     71
"To tell the truth about us": the fictions and non-fictions of Jessie Fauset and Walter White   Cheryl A. Wall     82
African American folk roots and Harlem Renaissance poetry   Mark A. Sanders     96
Lyric stars: Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes   James Smethurst     112
"Perhaps Buddha is a woman": women's poetry in the Harlem Renaissance   Margo Natalie Crawford     126
Transgressive sexuality and the literature of the Harlem Renaissance   A. B. Christa Schwarz     141
Sexual desire, modernity, and modernism in the fiction of Nella Larsen and Rudolph Fisher   Charles Scruggs     155
Banjo meets the Dark Princess: Claude McKay, W. E. B. Du Bois, and the transnational novel of the Harlem Renaissance   William J. Maxwell     170
The Caribbean voices of Claude McKay and Eric Walrond   Carl Pedersen     184
George Schuyler and Wallace Thurman: two satirists of the Harlem Renaissance   J. Martin Favor     198
Zora Neale Hurston, folk performance, and the "Margarine Negro"   Carla Kaplan     213
The Post-Renaissance     237
"The Aftermath": the reputation of the Harlem Renaissance twenty years later   Lawrence Jackson     239
Guide to further reading     254
Index     265

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